This bacterium is suspected to be the cause of the mysterious meningitis in Argentina
Namonia I make people happy Nigeria. Until Saturday (3/9), disease caused the death of four people.
These cases took place in a private hospital in the city of San Miguel, Tucuman Province. All four are known to have a rare lung infection.
So, what exactly is causing the mysterious pneumonia in Argentina?
Argentina’s Minister of Health Carla Vizzoti said that his agency found the cause of the infection. Speaking AFPbacteria Legionella He was found to be the main cause of the lung disease that afflicted some of his countrymen.
The disease has been linked to contaminated water and air conditioning systems.
When the outbreak was first discovered, doctors had time to test patients with Covid-19 and Hantavirus tests. However, negative test results prompted the government to send samples of the disease to the Malbran Center in Buenos Aires.
The results of the laboratory analysis revealed bacteria Legionella as a reason.
What is Legionella bacteria?
These bacteria cause a disease called legionnaires. This disease generally takes the form of pneumonia.
Speaking of pages Mayo ClinicMost patients become infected by inhaling bacteria from water or soil. These bacteria can also grow in man-made air systems such as air conditioners.
The elderly, smokers, and those with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to leprosy.
Example. Fever, one of the symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease, causes a rare pneumonia in Argentina. (Istockphoto/Thomas_EyeDesign)
In a milder stage, this virus causes Pontiac fever. This type of fever usually goes away on its own. However, untreated legionnaires can be fatal.
Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease may appear 2-10 days after exposure to the bacteria. Early symptoms include:
– muscle pain,
– high temperature up to 40 degrees Celsius.
After 2-3 days, the symptoms will be as follows:
– cough up phlegm or blood,
– shortness of breath,
– chest pain,
– nausea, vomiting, diarrhea,
Although they primarily attack the lungs, sometimes these bacteria can cause disease in other parts, including the heart.
There are several complications of Legionnaires’ disease to be aware of. Some of the following complications can be life-threatening.
1. Shortness of breath
This happens when the lungs can’t supply enough oxygen to the body or can’t remove enough carbon dioxide from the blood.
2. Septic shock
This is due to a sudden and severe drop in blood pressure. This condition can reduce blood flow to vital parts of the body, especially the kidneys and brain.
As a result, the heart will try to compensate by increasing the amount of blood pumped. However, this extra work can weaken the heart and reduce blood pressure.
3. Kidney disease
This condition occurs when the kidney’s ability to filter toxins from the blood suddenly disappears. This condition causes various toxins and waste to accumulate in the body.